The Kansas City Chiefs returned to the field this afternoon for their second practice of the day. Filing reports from practice are Josh Looney @ KCChiefs.com, Bob Gretz @ BobGretz.com & CBSSports.com and the staff at UWRF.
After practicing in shells this morning, the Chiefs were back in full pads for the back end of their two practices.
The Chiefs continued with their emphasis on special teams. Rodney Wright and Jackie Battle served as the first team kick returners.
Todd Haley turned to the double bucket drill for some quarterback competition. The drill consists of two trash cans stacked on top of each other in the left corner of the end zone. Each QB takes turns throwing arching passes towards the buckets from 20 yards out. Out of the four quarterbacks only Matt Cassel and Brodie Croyle were able to hit the mark.
During the 7-on-7 period consisted of all third down situations. The defense led the way with several nice plays from Derrick Johnson. Though Rodney Wright turned in a big play for the offense by getting loose on a post route that moved the chains.
The defense kept the momentum rolling into the red zone portion of 7-v-7 drills, getting two INTs from Brandon Carr and Ricardo Colclough (Colclough had a pick in the scrimmage on Saturday as well). The offense did get on track late, though, with touchdowns on each of the final two plays of the segment. First Tyler Thigpen hit Quinten Lawrence then Matt Gutierrez found Brad Cottam.
This time the offense kept the momentum going and carried it into the 11-on-11 portion. On the first play TE Jake O’Connell made a fully-extended diving catch on a 10-12 yard out. Though it was the catch of the day, O’Connell paid the price with a hard landing and was visibly shaken. He got up off the ground with some help from a standing ovation. Sean Ryan joined the TE party a few plays later with a diving catch on a seam route for a big gain.
Jarrad Page delivered a huge hit for a stop on fourth down. The entire defense, led by Mike Vrabel, stormed Page to congratulate him and then ran off the field together.
Ryan Succop once again had a solid day of practice. He was 4 for 4 on field goals, hitting from 37 twice, 42 and 45 yards.
Just as he was in this morning practice, Dwayne Bowe was running with the second team offense. Taking the snaps with the first team were Devard Darling and Mark Bradley.
The Chiefs wrapped up afternoon practice with a two minute drill and the defense was dominant. They only gave up two first downs in 13 plays over two possessions. The offense barely cracked defensive territory and the quarterbacks were sacked three times.
After nearly every other player was in the locker room, the defensive line spent 20 minutes working on pass-rush moves. Even after those drills were finished, Tank Tyler, Tyson Jackson and Tamba Hali stayed even later to work one-on-one drills with coaches.
I hope Bowe has received Todd Haley’s message loud and clear today. Time for him to step up his game and start acting like the #1 receiver he has already been treated like in the past. I know the talent is in there, we just haven’t seen it on full display yet.
The tight ends have turned things around quickly. The first week they were completely underwhelming as a group and today they are starting the second week off with a bang. Not too shabby for a guy like O’Connell who had a grand total of 46 catches in four seasons at Miami (OH).